Dallas ISD Trustees Closed 11 Schools Last Night, and It Got Ugly Before It Got Done

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Photos by Greg Howard
Before all the trustees finally moved to the small boardroom, away from protestors, only a handful were around to listen to their pleas.
They argued, they reasoned, they pleaded, they threatened, they chanted, they cried. But in the end, it just didn't matter. It never really did.

It's over, and it was never in doubt. Under budget pressure, and after a final, five-hour session, the Dallas Independent School District's board of trustees voted late last night to approve that proposal to close 11 elementary and middle schools, saving $11.5 million and leaving hundreds of onlookers heartbroken. The board also extended teachers' school days by 45 minutes. That wasn't popular either.

By 4:30 p.m., every seat in the main chamber at 3700 Ross was occupied, and by the 6 p.m. start time, the building was so packed that DISD police were turning parents, teachers and students away at the door.

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Things got unruly when Lew Blackburn ordered officers to remove Joyce Foreman.
Scores of English- and Spanish-speaking educators, parents and students stepped forward to dispute the consolidation of district schools. Hopeful spectators in the crowd egged the speakers on, cheering at every poignant statement, laughing fondly while third-, fifth- and eight-graders testified, clapping and cheering after every speaker.

Despite the result, you got the sense that the constituents' statements, often pre-drafted, didn't fall on deaf ears; the trustees, during the voting process, seemed genuinely hurt by what they would eventually do. But worse than deaf ears early on were those empty seats: Of the nine DISD trustees, no more than four or five were in the chamber at any given time to listen to their voters' testimonials, electing to exit out of a door behind their chairs. (Trustee Mike Morath said later that wherever they were -- he said he was using the rest room and taking a call about an important personal matter -- they could hear the testimony.)

Board president Lew Blackburn himself was absent from the chamber for more than an hour. It felt a bit dismissive, and citizens started to take notice. There was grumbling, tension grew, and emotions hit a boiling point when Former Dallas Area Rapid Transit board member Joyce Foreman approached the microphone in front of a mostly vacant panel.

"Where are the trustees? We didn't come here to waste our time!" she cried. "We want their seats!"

As concerned policemen streamed in the room, pooling near the trustees, the constituents began chanting "No justice, no peace!" When Blackburn returned to order Foreman be escorted out, the chanting only got louder and more unruly.

Blackburn moved the entire board to the smaller boardroom, where the trustees would be separated from emotional onlookers. Their discussion and vote, which came later, would be live-streamed while they voted. The dust-up lasted almost 45 minutes, and only trustees Adam Medrano and Carla Ranger remained in the chamber for a time. Then Medrano left, leaving Ranger, a friend of Foreman's, alone with the desperate public.

"They walked out on their community," Ranger later said about the trustees' choice to move to the boardroom, and her decision to stay in the chamber. She didn't participate in any voting.

That's not to say she would've made a difference. The vote to close schools felt predetermined. Once the human element was removed, it was the most rational thing to do. Of the eight voting trustees, the first five voted to pass the proposal. Upon hearing the fifth, there was an audible groan in the main chamber. Fighting back tears, parents began to pick up their weeping children and exit the room.

Blackburn staged an 11th-hour appeal to look at options, to postpone final voting, and the move garnered cheers in the chamber. But the audience was emotionally spent. When, after minutes of fierce debate among the eight trustees, the motion to postpone was finally voted down -- and the motion to consolidate was quickly and unceremoniously passed 6-2, with Blackburn and Medrano voting no and Ranger absent -- parents, teachers and children left 3700 Ross either in silence, deflated or in the same tears they'd been shedding for months.


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Andrea
Andrea

How many politicians (from any party, at any level) do you know who actually send their children to public schools? I think if everyone explored the answer to that question, the problem would be apparent. Which country is cranking out the most educated kids right now? Finland. http://www.theatlantic.com/nat... what? Finland has no private schools. They have very few alternative options to public schools. Dear Money-Making Politicians in United States of America, How do you feel about our public school system? Apathy much??

A Colbert
A Colbert

I attended and spoke at the infamous School Board meeting last Thursday night. Being a 39 year retired educator in the Richardson school district, I was shocked and dismayed by what I experienced there. RISD planned for this loss in funding, so they've not lost a single teacher, closed a single school, or cut back on maintenance and repairs. RISD teachers have gotten a raise every year while DISD teachers haven't had a real one in four. And, yes, Richardson can be compared to DISD because they now have 75% poverty level children in the district, while DISD has a 90% rate. But, the difference is that RISD's Board is functional and, as a result, the district is working on moving up from a Recognized to an Exemplary district, not working to stay off the Academically Unacceptable list.

In my opinion, the speakers who threatened the Board made a huge strategic error. If I was a Board member, if I was still unsure about how I was going to vote, I might have been tempted to vote to close the schools just to prove that I wouldn't be swayed by threats. I know that at least a couple of the Board members were on the fence. Did the meeting cause them to fall off that fence to vote for closure? We'll never know. But, threats backfire and are never a good tactic. 

These past 5 years since my retirement, I've tried to defend DISD when uninformed people made comments about issues that they had no real knowledge about.  Naively, I thought that I might be able to contribute in a small way to a gained respect for the district and the Board if I told the truth, or, at least, the truth as I experienced it. Now, that I have seen the way the Board acts when making tough decisions as they did on Thursday night, I cannot imagine how anyone could possibly respect the Board as a whole. Thank goodness for Adam Medrano who continues to act honorably. He is the Board's example of integrity and honor. 

In my position as a teacher and administrator in RISD, I visited many schools so my first visit to Bonham 5 years ago intrigued me. I went back again and again trying to figure out why I felt so good in the school, why it felt like a family from the beginning.  I soon learned that the school is uniquely special with a group of extraordinary people who have built community, who respect one another, who collaborate, and who care for the children and their parents.  They are proud to be at Bonham and to have such a stellar reputation. They are led by a gifted administrator. The Board members said that students are not taught by a building, but, by teachers. Of course. But, in the case of Bonham, the whole is greater than the collection of individuals there (although each individual is remarkable).  Now, they are going to have to look elsewhere to work; teachers who live in places far and wide have made sacrifices to teach at the school and they bring their children to go to school there, too. The magic they have at Bonham is not easily replicated. In fact, it is the exception, rather than the rule.

There is a feeling of great sadness at the school. The teachers are afraid and hurt and many are making plans to apply in other districts.  I will help them, if I can.  They won't need my help, though, and it will be an honor to recommend them.  It is too bad that DISD's disrepectful attitude has caused this. They could have gotten the same result while not damaging the hearts of these teachers.  They love their kids, they love their fellow teachers and administrator, they love Bonham--the school and what it represents. They have learned an ugly lesson and I can only hope that it doesn't sour them on teaching and education.

When someone in a school community unexpectedly or dramatically dies, the district sends a cadre of counselors to help the children and teachers to deal with the loss. There has been a death at Bonham, but no one has come to the school to comfort the staff, students or parents. I expected the area director, at a minimum, to come to the school last Friday.  It would have been so easy for her to meet with the teachers and assure them that every effort would be made to make sure that they had quality options. It wouldn't have taken any new knowledge for her just to listen to them.  Fear and anger escalate in a vacuum. Even though there are no answers, yet, a district representative should have been there to comfort them, as they would be there when there is a death. This is a death of a dream and they don't die easily or without lots of bad feelings. Such a shame that the knife in the heart of these teachers and community just gets plunged deeper and deeper. It is just another example of dysfunction. Perhaps those who might do the comforting, are stunned themselves.

I came up with an alternative plan, but, it didn't have a chance, because it would have been a political nightmare.  Since Bonham's and Lee's boundaries have been dramatically eroded over the years in favor of Stonewall Jackson, and in favor of Lakewood for Lee, I suggested that Bonham and Lee get back those homes and those streets. It would solve the serious over-crowding at both Lakewood and Jackson and it would have evened out the attendance zones. Mike said that he was not afraid to make hard decisions, when he referred to closing Bonham. But, likely, he ius afraid to upset Jackson and Lakewood parents.  Why shouldn't all schools be equally impacted by the funding crisis?  Why should the poverty level parents at Bonham and the other 10 schools be the ones to bear the burden? Although my attention was totally devoted to Bonham, I suspect that there were other schools that could have been evened out, too. I even volunteered to serve on a community and district committee to look at cuts across the district that would help find the money needed to balance the budget.  But, unfortunately, the Board took the easy road using one arbitrary criteria when there were many others that should have been taken into account. 

We came to the meeting on Thursday night believing that we would be heard. We came to the meeting believing that the closures would be voted on one school at a time, as we had been told. We came to the meeting believing that we had a chance.  We soon learned how wrong we were and that, basically, we had been manipulated. Now, I finally understand why DISD suffers from such a poor reputation.  I pity any new superintendent of DISD.  He or she deserves to make a lot of money to try to rectify the myriad of problems in the district and to work with the Board.  It will be a thankless job.  Just like the president of the United States, I cannot imagine WHY anyone would want it. He or she would have to have the wisdom of the ages and the skin of an armadillo.  I am afraid that our district is doomed to mediocrity.  Faith is a sad thing to lose. 

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

I am disappointed in Carla Ranger. Her staying in the larger room may not have changed the vote's outcome, but by NOT being in the room where the vote was taking place, she deprived her constituents of a VOICE. Even her vote is a VOICE. It is time for her to either get back into the game and ask the pointed questions like she used to, or it is time for her to do something else. Nothing will change in Dallas as long as the same group is in power. I have my gathering group of DISD employees to meet with Roger Melton of the new PAC, "Educate Dallas." I challenged him on D O's blog, and apparently, he read it. So, there you go, they in North Dallas DO read what we say. We are trying to work out  atime that is best for US, the DISD employees, then I can ask him what is convenient for him. Remember, this new PAC just gave Flores $10,000, even before the filing deadline hit, so they already had him picked. And also know that a teacher has been placed on admin leave for writing a critical email to Flores. You know, maybe my first question will be tying those two things together? Anybody want to be included who is in DISD, FB me.

Bbetzen
Bbetzen

Today's Dallas Morning News editorial is part of the problem. It is titled: "Wanted: an innovator to nudge DISD out of its comfort zone."   It is about the qualities needed by the new superintendent. The editorial was credible and tempting until it said the new DISD superintendent should, "move more quickly on worthy ideas such as creating in-district charter schools ..."While Dallas ISD is an educational system struggling to improve, too many of those efforts go toward a foundation based on some students having different educational resources being made available to them than other students: magnet schools, charter schools, etc...  Such "separate but equal" practices appear to be critical to the DISD comfort zone. But what would happen if the foundation for Dallas ISD were to become absolute equity among all schools for all students, at least through the 9th grade? That has been the increasingly firm foundation in Finland for the past 40 years. They have now, since 2000, had the highest student performance in the world! Every student in Finland does well. Finland has a higher proportion of immigrants than 18 states in the US. Immigrants excel quickly in Finland. The newest book on education in Finland, "Finnish Lessons" by Pasi Sahlberg, was published in November 2011. It is already sold out on Amazon. New copies are selling for as much as $450.00! Dr. Sahlberg has an old 2009 DMN Jim Landers article on his web site that summarizes Finnish Education: http://www.pasisahlberg.com/do... .Dallas ISD students will continue to fall below students in Finland for as long as any DISD students are treated differently. The days of separate but equal must be gone in Dallas!  Is the Dallas Observer willing to lead the charge for total educational equity?

Sickofit
Sickofit

Everyone is pointing the finger but the fact is, DISD has been a hot hot mess for a very, and I mean very long time. They spend too much money on the things that are not needed and too much time in the wrong places. They are spinning their wheels when it comes to figuring out how to best educate the students, especially the second language learners. They said the best way to teach them was through bilingual programs taught by bilingual teachers and still that hasn't worked. Your foundation HAS to be solid but with 30-33 students in first grade through third grade classrooms, it's not going to happen. These students have far too many needs that go far beyond just the basic fundamentals of education. They have the nerve to have an Aspiring Principals Program to train principals because they want the best of the best. Truth is, that's a hot mess too. They are not the best and they don't know what they are doing while other great prospects whom already have their masters degrees in administration in hand are being overlooked. More principals are being put into spots JUST and I mean JUST because they speak Spanish. Speaking Spanish means nothing when you dont have the the leadership skills to properly lead your school and promote the student achievement needed to ensure student success. With this being said, most of the blame falls back on the teachers. We teachers can only play the hand that we are dealt every single day. It's too many small minded people in big seats. They get those jobs by talking the talk but seldom walk the walk and constantly using the cliche, "It's all about the kids". I am so sick of hearing that. Fact is, it's never been about the kids and soon as they decide it's going to be about the kids, we might have a chance to turn this mess around. This is just the beginning, its going to get a whole lot worse before it starts to get better because none of the leaders at the top have a clue as to how to really solve the problems in this district. Instead of focusing on getting rid of teachers, they should start rebuilding by getting rid of all of them at the top including that entire useless school board.

Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

I'm not sure about all of the schools, but a lot of the schools were doing good due to the low student to teacher ratio. These schools did well because it was the idea learning environment. In an overcrowded class, the slower students get left behind. Maybe the district could have relieved some of the overcrowded elementary schools to balance it out.

 Maybe the schools could make up some of the short fall  by enforcing fines on cell phones/electronics in the classroom and fines for repeat disruptive students for short term revenue. Get rid of the over-age student schools or make them or their parents pay some type of fee for the excess burden on the district. The district should even look at a vendor program in high schools for breakfast and lunch. They can set it up like the airport concession program. Right now, a lot of the schools have vendors with carts outside of the schools selling a lot of unregulated/non-permitted food. The district can have their own retail uniform store, sell supplies so teachers can stop spending money on supplies for the students. There are lots of ways to make money off the student/parents to make up for the property tax being lost on non-homeowners who receive educational services.

We are living in different times now. Everything can't be free.

Just an idea

Nobody
Nobody

Can a teacher run for a position on the board or is that a conflict of interest?

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

None of this is surprising.

If you think those trustees give a d#mn about what anyone thinks except the people who can financially benefit them, you haven't been paying attention.

Volunteering to improve individual campuses, petitions to fight RIFs and closings, pleading, parading kids up to speak:  the trustees could not care less.  

And if you don't think voter fraud is going to be a part of school board elections, again:  you're fooling yourself.

Schools had to be closed because there is no money.Why is there no money?$57 million on fast food and hotel rooms$3 million to TFA$untold millions on IT things that don't work like the Parent Portal.

Teachers are now supposed to do some anti-bullying initiative called something 360.Who paid for that?How much was it?

Then there is RtI, which seems written to prevent kids from being referred for Special Education services.  If you have a child who qualifies for Special Ed, I'm here to tell you:  they are NOT getting served in DISD.  Get a lawyer and come check it out.  

Edwin Flores is up for reelection.Mike Morath--who has never taught and has no children--ran unopposed.

It's too late for Bonham.  It was too late for Bonham the day the trustees voted to give TFA $3 million dollars.  

Ask Edwin where he was when the $57 million was spent.  That pretty much sealed the fate of the other 10 campuses. 

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

I was told that Lew Blackburn was in the back eating dinner.  What a looser.  The public wanted to speak to the board and atleast 4 Trustee's were out of the room along with Alan King.

james
james

these are the nazi acting people who want to 'suspend elections' to stay in office. what did their customers expect? service? responsibility? integrity? from politicians?

RSF
RSF

I disagreed about closing Bonham but I think Morath is doing the right thing - he's coming in as an outsider looking at the macro situation and applying his considerable skills with logistics and budgeting.  I think you should try talking to him rather than resorting to vituperative condemnation.  If he gets the chance he will tackle the disparities at other campuses. 

Yes, there are some political - racial situations which have precluded changes at underutlized Madison and Roosevelt, which are located next to overcrowded schools. However I think the supporters of both schools (and Lincoln) should see that this board means business and they better accept some attendance zone changes or their schools may be closed.

Becky
Becky

Mmmm closing 11 schools but last year building new ones? Cheaper to build new ones? 

Bbetzen
Bbetzen

Last night was very depressing.  It was crowded.  The only reason I was allowed into the Board room is that I was signed up as a speaker. Otherwise all seats were taken and a crowd was outside.  But we could have seen this coming a year ago.  The Texas Legislature was discussing $5+ billion in cuts a year ago.  Where was everyone? 

I drove to Austin for several demonstrations and the biggest was barely 13,000 people. No wonder the $5+ billion in cuts was able to pass!  We needed over 10 times as many people involved. That 13,000 amounted to only one demonstrator for every 5 jobs that were ultimately lost in schools across Texas, and for each 350 students who are now crowded into more packed classrooms.

Texas is really planning for the future so we can fill our prison beds.  We didn't build one of the largest prison systems in the world so it would go to waste.  Somebody must have seen the connection that as graduation rates go up, as they have statewide since 2006, that crime and the need for prison beds would go down. (See http://schoolarchiveproject.bl... )  It appears someone is working to fill those vacant prison beds.

Overcoming public apathy about public education is the only way we can turn things around. Then a truly data centered management of schools is needed to keep things moving, and credible. 

On top of it all we must respect teachers more and not try to micromanage their crowded schedules by mandating 45 minutes of more "on the clock" time as was done last night.  No wonder that so few apply to be teachers.  In Finland they reject 90% of the applicants to become teachers.  It is an exceptionally respected and popular profession in Finland.  No wonder their students achived the highest test scores in the world!  The students from the US are just number 17 on that list of nations.   

DaTruth
DaTruth

So who is running for DISD this year? Any of these concerned parents?

Maricruz Saucedo
Maricruz Saucedo

I WAS THERE! NO JUSTICE! NO RESPECT! NO MORALS!!!  WE ARE NOT ANIMALS WE ARE THE PEOPLE, AND WE TRUST YOU FOR OUR NEW GENERATIONS... PLEASE HELP, DO WE STILL HAVE A CHANCE!!

School Dazed
School Dazed

-Two of the schools on the closure list are Exemplary (TEA's highest rating). The DISD has Academically Unacceptable (TEA's worst rating) schools that will remain open. Why?

rockypresley
rockypresley

I know people are upset at the school board members, but as we raise our fists, remember that this election cycle, seats for the Dallas trustee board ran uncontested. There may have been a seeming lack of concern from the trustee board, but that lack is echoed by the community who wants to remain equally as hands off when it comes to irate parents, teachers, and students. There is plenty of outrage until it comes to actually volunteering your time to make these impossible decisions.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

You cannot serve on the school board if you are a teacher.

If there was a clause saying you had to quit before you even ran, that wouldn't surprise me.

biscuit98
biscuit98

It wouldn't make any difference how much is given this district. It always finds a way to spend way more than it has.

Bonham closed because Hinojosa and Claudia Lozano Rodriquez and others needed to eat and misuse the taxpayers' funds.

Bonham closed because board members are being paid off to bring in TFA.

Bonham closed because Dallas Achieves insisted on putting in a CFO who blew a $50 million dollar hole in the budget in collusion with a Broad idiot who is now back on the payroll as a consultant to locate the next useless superintendent.

This has nothing to do with $11 million dollars. It has to do with the corrupt dna that is embedded in the culture at 3700 Ross, and that trustees are incapable of doing their homework. They are not trustees of anything. They are an open door to graft.

Guest
Guest

@Joyce - it's just one more example of their total lack of respect for the employees of Disd.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

If Roosevelt and Madison are underutilized, why hasn't Morath taken them on?

How can you respect anyone who selectively applies their "considerable logistics and budgeting skills"?

It seems from what you're saying that Morath is unwilling to take on the "political-racial situations".

What kind of man is that?  Is he a coward?  Sure looks like it.

He'll make the hard choices, as long as "political-racial situations" are part of the equation.  When they are, well...he'll just keep his mouth shut.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Closing schools in one community and building schools in another.  Who is going to pay to staff the new school?  The staffing, electricity, maintenance, etc can not come from bond funds. 

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Many of the concerned parents are working and can not run for elected office.  Maybe you can help me find them a job where they can take off for meetings.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

classic case of the school raising the kids?  what a crime. concerned parents?  maybe some. 

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

I was there, too, and you have no idea what needs to be done. When you scream at a public meeting, they have the right to shut it down. This  is not a public park rally.

I sympathize, but when you YELL and scream enough to stop a meeting, you stop a process, and that hurts all of us.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Maricruz, lets keep working for the children's sake.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

Wailing about "respect" and "justice" doesn't solve the very real math problem the board was presented with.  No matter how this went down, somebody wasn't going to like the result.

Did you crunch the numbers?  What solution did you see that the board didn't?  Leaving the room was a bit chicken-S on the part of the trustees, but still, nobody at that meeting brought anything but drama to the table. 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Voice of a revolution?  You go girl.  Make it happen. Godspeed. 

Guest
Guest

Did you see the utilization of those Exemplary schools that were closed? 

Paul
Paul

Because those exemplary schools were making the unacceptable schools look bad ... with all of the exemplary schools shut down, the unacceptable schools will now be acceptable ...

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

I volunteer my time all of the time.  I have no problem with working with anyone who will oppose Flores and Nutall.  The jury is still out on Parrot.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

So a DISD teacher and father of 6 sends an email to Edwin Flores regarding Flores' public comments and the teacher is put on leave?

Of course, he hasn't been told why he is on leave; all he can come up with is the email.

I can't wait to hear what he is accused of if it isn't that email.

And we're the ones who are supposed to do the bullying program?

Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

Out of 9 hours per day, 5 days a week for 4 weeks, a really concern parent should find the time. That's within 200 +/-  hours  a parent can find their way to the school house. Moreover, parents have 10 months to make it to a DISD Board meetings after 5pm to voice their concerns vote for good leadership every two years. It usually comes down to a small amount of concern citizens to point out the issue or concerns.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Diane, yes I yelled and screamed at a public meeting.  I had everyright to demand that the board members be present while we were speaking.  When I approached the mike there were 5 of 10 seats empty around the horseshoe.  I later learned that Lew Blackburn and Mike Morath were in the back eating.  That may be acceptable to you, but I did not spend my time waiting to speak to address 5 empty chairs.

You have a right to do your thing anyway that you want and others have a right to do their thing the way that they want.  This is America and no dictators needed.  I have no regrets, and if they are that disrespectful again I WILL YELLLLLLLLLLL.

Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

Two thumbs ups. I agree with you. The ears become numb, and you eventually become ineffective.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Sorry Titus Groan, even Lew Blackburn talked about alternative ways to make it happen.  Anyone can play a numbers game.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Parrott DOES ask hard questions about where the money goes--or does not go, which is why I bet the new PAC, Educate Dallas, is waiting for that guy, Macciche (sp?), to file against him. Then they can say they were fair and give $10K to the other guy.

Joyce, you and I have gone several rounds on this forum in the last few months. However, I am not pleased that you were escorted out, that you were just asking for a little respect. So don't get made when I say this-----

You were NOT helped by the chanters in the audience. To be honest, I saw it coming, and it was an easy trap. How many times will it take for people to get it through their heads that if you cause a ruckus there, they will over-react? Silence, total silence, would have been better as you asked your very pertinent questions. Loud crowds, they expect. Silence would scare them.

I am also disappointed in other things, but Joyce, you brought up a point: They don't have to sit there and listen to us, but you know, we don't have to keep letting them get re-elected.

Mary Hasan
Mary Hasan

I totally agree with you on these two but you should also add Blackburn to the list.

Dallas Dad
Dallas Dad

I'm with you too Ms. Foreman. You were thrown out of the meeting for no reason. You stood patiently at the microphone waiting for the Trustees to return (I was on the other side of the auditorium).

The Citizens' Council and the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce may have a lot of money but if we can unite all of the people of every ethnicity, religion, age and socioeconomic status that care about public education we can take this school board back. The North Dallas business community has bullied us for too long! These schools belong to us and the board works for us!

Let's go Ms. Foreman! I'm ready to fight with you!

Guest
Guest

I'm with you Ms. Foreman.  I plan to do everything I can to make sure Edwin Flores gets the boot.

biscuit98
biscuit98

Nutall brought Tod Williams of Uplift to the finance committee. Now Bonham at 78% capacity is closed. Could it be that Tod wants that building for Uplift? No reason for it to be shut at almost 80% capacity.Phil Montgomery of Uplift was also brought in under the tent. So are they making decisions that clear buildings for Uplift to take them? Does Uplift bring DISD into its decision making process or board meetings? Flores would have been defeated last time if he hadn't have lied about the number of AU schools in Dallas. Flores is a primary reason the district is close to bankrupt or will be.

Mary Hasan
Mary Hasan

I expect the citizens of his district to get rid of this dictator.

Mary Hasan
Mary Hasan

I expect the citizens of his district to get rid of this dictator.

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

DISD doesn't understand the 1st Amendment. It didn't seem like he cussed, but it's Flores so what do you expect?

Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

Got it.

As I stated earlier, a concern parent should make their way to the school house if they are really concern. Since these concern parents do not have jobs that would support a DISD board position, they should visit their local community school and make a difference and help support the effforts of the teachers. This is the way you keep the focus on the kids. With all the parents in DISD, I would think, at least one could run. There are parents who absolutely do not work, collect volunteer hours from the schools as a social program requirement, therefore those parents should seek a positions on the board. See, everyone have excuses, complaints,  but NO resolution.  Change will not happen on that board,  thats obvious, change will happen from the parents and genuine concern citizens.

Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

Got it.

As I stated earlier, a concern parent should make their way to the school house if they are really concern. Since these concern parents do not have jobs that would support a DISD board position, they should visit their local community school and make a difference and help support the effforts of the teachers. This is the way you keep the focus on the kids. With all the parents in DISD, I would think, at least one could run. There are parents who absolutely do not work, collect volunteer hours from the schools as a social program requirement, therefore those parents should seek a positions on the board. See, everyone have excuses, complaints,  but NO resolution.  Change will not happen on that board,  change will happen from the parents and genuine concern citizens.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Sorry,but DaTruth ask if any of the concerned parents were running for the school board not if they could find their way to the school house.  I totally agree that parents should be attending board meetings and visiting their schools.  I still think it is very difficult for many parents to be able to serve on the school board.  

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Diane, I cearly do no see you as the enemy.  We are clearly not on the same page, we have philosophical difference.   The enemy is the school board members who are making decisions on educating our children that I do not agree with. I can not get sidetracked by agreeing or disagreeing with one teacher.

The crowd was not the reason that I did not speak, it was the dictator Lew Blackburn who did not want me to speak.  I understand the uneasiness of the parents, taxpayers, teachers and students. Busing young kids is always a problem. We are building schools in some neighborhoods and closing schools in another.  Why did we not stop building schools and bus some of those kids to the existing schools?

I was raised during the civil rights movement and NO JUSTICE NO PEACE  will never be a tired phrase to me and as long as their is injustice anywhere it is a threat to justice everywhere.  NO JUSTICE NO PEACE

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Joyce, I was not talking to you, okay?  I was addressing the Saucedo comment. But, since you drew into this......

YOU were not the one screaming---at first. YOU simply asked for the full attention and attendance of the board. Got that, right on. My comment above is dealing with the ones who started using the tired and worn out phrase, "No Justice, No Peace!"  THEY got so loud, we could  not hear YOU. I came to hear YOU, not them. YOU come to the meetings regularly. YOU have been active for years. We may not always agree, but you put your time in, just as do I. I am not "dictating," but merely commenting, so get off the high horse, Joyce. If you--or anyone else has such a thin skin, they are offended by anything I say, then you need to become a teacher. THAT wil toughen you up. :-)Now, back to the subject at hand. Joyce, you and I are both old enough to remember the first rule of Civil Rights activism... What is it? Come on, you know it by heart......Make THEM the bad guys with THEIR rules, THEIR policies, THEIR comments and THEIR actions. (Gandhi, Chavez or  MLK anyone?)When anyone---meaning the crowd,  Joyce, so calm down here, comes to the meetings once in a blue moon, they see no problem in s*&^ stirring. All that does is make the aggrieved become the "bad guy," the law-breaker. Then the power base can go back to their constituents and raise money and seal their power with the attitude of, "Well, we do our best, but you see how they are to us."

How much more effective  it would have been for everyone to have sat there in SILENCE, utter SILENCE, as you asked for respect? How much more effective it would have been for the crowd to let YOU finish what you had to say? Your pointed remark of demanding respect was an embarrassment for them. To be honest, maybe----maybe one or two had a reason to be out, but 4-5? What if a call for them to recess for 10 minutes, THEN pick up with your timely and usually on target comments, would have been heard. You see, I --nobody really knows, what you came to say now. The issue is lost, and the power base will continue to use that against those who come to speak. When I started 13 years ago, we did not have 3 minute limits, or, limiting the number of times you can speak or the number of people on a topic who can speak, but that is in place now. Under the law, they don't have to let us speak AT ALL. I am not asking for us to kow-tow to them, but I am asking for "Saucedo" and others who just want to antogonize them into hurting OUR ability to address grievances, to not go off the deep end. Nobody can hear us if they shut us down in the one place where they cannot censor us---live audience. Now, would you do us a favor and post here what you intended to say? I would like to know.... I wanted to hear it.

Joyce, I am not the enemy. Try to understand that, okay?

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Diane, Lew Blackburn and Bernadette Nutall have tried to throw me out of a meeting before.It was a Board Briefing.  Carla had to step in and stop that.  It had nothing to do with me Yelling, but had everyting to do with me being bullied by Bernadette and when she found out I was not Carla and would not take her mess, she ordered security to remove me.  It is a joke among me and staff.  Blackburn hates that I come to the board meetings and call him a dictator and this was an opportunity for him to exercise his power, but by the grace of God it did not work in his favor.  He looked like the dictator that he is.  He can get ready to throw me out of every meeting, because I will be back and speaking my mind.

Your thoughts about silence will not work with these people.  They are evil spirited and must here what we believe is the truth.  In most cases to be silent would be to consent and never never will I consent to their wrong doing.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Mary, Lew Blackburn has to go.  We keep electing these people who do not work in our interest.  He is just not up for re-election this time.

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